I’m a big fan of heist movies. There’s something about watching a plan come together, fall apart, and then come together again because of some unknown twist. It might be trite. It might be overplayed, but it’s almost always entertaining. 21 delivers on all counts.
Do you kind of know what’s going to happen 5 minutes into the movie? Sure. Does that really matter? Not in the least. It’s fun watching a group of college kids take down the casino under the tutelage of their crooked college professor, played by the always entertaining Kevin Spacey. Lawrence Fishburn turns in a solid performance as a menacing casino security boss being pushed out of his profession by facial recognition software and looking to prove the old ways will trump technology. There’s an obligatory “nothing in life is free” message hidden somewhere in this movie, but ignore it. It’s all about watching a bunch of kids take down “the man.” When it comes to watching movies like this, I say, “hit me.”